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Jun
01

Registration for Southwest Fox 2017 () is now available. See our Speakers page for a list of speakers and Sessions page for a list of sessions. Super-Saver Registration, which saves you $125, is available only through June 30th, so don’t wait.

Putting on a conference is a risky endeavor. Conference centers require a guaranteed minimum income to block the dates of a conference; for a conference like Southwest Fox, that minimum is in the tens of thousands of dollars. We have to commit to the conference center by July 2nd and need your support by July 1st to make that commitment. We will not send out any “We need your help” appeals so please do not wait; register by June 30th! We know most of you like to wait until the last minute to avoid the credit card bill arriving too soon. We will not charge any attendee credit cards or cash any checks until we have committed to going forward (sometime after July 2), so this is not is a reason to wait.

Doug, Tamar, and I look forward to seeing you in October!

Only 168 days until we gather in Gilbert!

May
03

Speakers and sessions for Southwest Fox 2017 have been announced.

Only 176 days until we gather in Gilbert.

Registration will open before June 1st.

Apr
10
Dear Xbase++ and Fox Communities,
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Geek Gatherings LLC, the organizers of Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++, have partnered with Alaska Software and the best speakers from the Xbase++ community to run Southwest Xbase++ for the past five years. Last November, Alaska Software informed us their core staff members would not be presenting at conferences in 2017, in order to focus on their other commitments including the LEAP program, which tests Visual FoxPro source code projects in Xbase++.
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After hearing the news, we initially thought we would put the Xbase++ conference on hiatus for a single year as Alaska expects to have speakers available again in 2018. But after talking with others in the Xbase++ Community (including Alaska), we decided to try to run the conference without speakers from Alaska. We issued the Call for Speakers for both conferences. Unfortunately, we did not receive enough session proposals to put together an Xbase++ conference this year. We are naturally disappointed, but Alaska will continue to sponsor Southwest Fox and we are sure Southwest Fox will be a terrific conference on its own as it was for eight years before we incorporated the Xbase++ conference. In 2018, we hope to return to our usual dual conference format.
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We look forward to announcing the session topics and speakers and to getting registration rolling for 2017 very soon. Thank you for your continued support of Southwest Fox.
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Only 199 days until we gather in Gilbert.
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Regards,
Tamar Granor, Rick Schummer, and Doug Hennig
Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ Organizers
Geek Gatherings, LLC

Mar
20

We’re still looking for a few more speaker submissions for Southwest Fox 2017. If you have something to share with our developer community, read the Call for Speakers and then use the Submission site to send us your ideas. Please let us hear from you by next Monday, March 27.

Only 220 days until we gather in Gilbert.

Feb
15
We’ve issued the Call for Speakers for Southwest Fox 2016 and Southwest Xbase++ 2016. If you are interested in presenting at either conference, please read the call and consider submitting sessions via the Geek Gatherings Submission Web site.

The conferences take place September 22-25, 2016. Session proposals are due by Friday, March 4 at 8 AM EST.

Call for speakers: http://swfox.net/callforspeakers.aspx
Submission site: https://geekgatherings.com/Submission

We look forward to hearing your great ideas, which in turn make for a great conference!

Only 220 days until we gather in Gilbert.

Aug
08

We’re disappointed to share that Cathy Pountney won’t be speaking at Southwest Fox this year after all. (She’s fine, but needed to step out.) But we’re delighted that Tuvia Vinitsky has agreed to help fill the schedule. He’ll be covering two topics that should be of interest to both Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ attendees:

dbSchema: SQL Server Database Design and Maintenance Made Easy (http://swfox.net/SessionsSWFOX.aspx…)
PCI Compliance: Facts and Fears (http://swfox.net/SessionsSWFOX.aspx…)

Also, just a quick reminder that the next discount deadline is rapidly approaching. Register before September 1 for a $50 early-bird discount:http://geekgatherings.com/registration.

Tuvia’s bio: http://swfox.net/Speakers.aspx#TuviaVinitsky

Hope to see you in October.

Only 67 days until we gather in Gilbert.

Jun
24

Hear that sound? Tick, tick, tick, tick…

That’s the countdown clock at Geek Gatherings getting closer to the Super-saver deadline for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++! June 30th is a little less than a week away and we thought we would pass along a reminder just in case you forgot to type it into your task list, or put a yellow sticky note on your monitor. We still need people to register to make the conferences happen.

The conferences take place October 15-18, 2015 in Gilbert, Arizona and we really hope you can be there. We would hate to see you miss out on the $125 discount, the FREE pre-conference session, and an opportunity to win a scholarship or a license of Stonefield Query SDK (a $6,000 value).

Head over to the registration Web site today: http://geekgatherings.com/Registration

If you’ve already registered, we thank you. Can you help us remind your fellow developers who have been procrastinating about the looming deadline by sharing this email or tweeting about it? Spread the word by telling others you are going on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1592370514309985/.

Also, if you sent in your registration and have not received a confirmation, please contact us to see what happened. Everyone gets a confirmation when the registration is processed. As promised, we are not cashing checks or processing credit cards for new registrations until the middle of July.

Check out our list of amazing speakers (http://swfox.net/speakers.aspx) and dig into our session tracks for VFP (http://swfox.net/sessionsswfox.aspx) and Xbase++ (http://swxbase.net/sessionsswxbase.aspx). Follow the news about the conference on our blog: http://swfox.net/blog/index.php.

Contact Us:
• If you want to have a booth or be a sponsor: vendors@geekgatherings.com
• If you have suggestions or ideas: info@geekgatherings.com
• If you have a friend who wants to be on our mailing list please tell them to send email to info@geekgatherings.com to get future mailings.
• Call: 586.254.2530

So please beat the rush so we still have some fingernails left when July begins! No need to wait!

We appreciate all the support people have shown for the conference with early registrations; we look forward to getting many more this week.

Sep
10

Alaska Software is offering special discounts on Xbase++ 2.0 for Southwest Fox and Southwest Xbase++ 2014 attendees, as follows:

  • Xbase++ 2.0 is available and shipping September 30, 2014.
  • Prerequisite for this offer is registration to Southwest Xbase++ or Southwest Fox conference 2014.
  • Get a 30% discount for all new customers purchasing Foundation Edition 2.0 (regular price USD $1,199) or Professional Edition 2.0 (regular price USD $1,999).
  • Get an additional 10% Competitive Upgrade, if you provide proof of purchase of VFP 9 or Clipper.
  • All attending Southwest Xbase++ who have a subscription (purchased in last 12 months) get 3 months extension for their current subscription.

How does this offer work? Simple: you contact Alaska Software at their booth during the conference, place your order, and get the boxed Xbase++ 2.0 DVD on the spot. This is also true for the active Xbase++ users who stop in at the Alaska Software booth.

Regardless of which edition of Xbase++ 2.0 you purchase, your savings goes a long way towards paying for the conference ticket.

Geek Gatherings wants to make Alaska’s offer even more attractive, so we’re extending our early-bird pricing for Southwest Fox/Xbase++ right up until Xbase++ 2.0’s September 30 ship date. Register for either conference before midnight September 30 and get a $50 discount; pay only $745.